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Cultural and Social Diversity in the United States: A Compelling National Interest

  • Charles E. MitchellEmail author
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Part of the Technical and Vocational Education and Training: Issues, Concerns and Prospects book series (TVET, volume 17)

Abstract

Cultural and social diversity in the United States (USA) is demanded by a need for cultural competency and a representative bureaucracy in public institutions. Cultural competency is desired due to its recognition as an essential means of ensuring institutional effectiveness in a pluralistic society such as the USA. Furthermore, given the basic premise in a democratic republic like the USA is that its people should be represented in the governance of the country, a representative bureaucracy is a means of realizing this ideal. This chapter examines the various strategies utilized by educational and other public entities in efforts to achieve cultural competency and a representative bureaucracy in the workplace. To ensure that these principles are implemented, the USA realizes the importance of educational access as a means of promoting a successful transition to the workplace. Achieving these ideals is still a work in progress. Legal confrontations have ensued in efforts at extending educational opportunities to all cultural and social groups in US society. In the process, these confrontations have allowed a policy initiative to be forged in the courts, declaring cultural and social diversity a compelling national interest in higher education.

Keywords

Cultural Competency Educational Opportunity Social Diversity Cultural Awareness Fourteenth Amendment 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Public AdministrationTroy UniversityAtlantaUSA

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